ART CHAT #23
DAY 11 – TE ANAU & MILFORD SOUND (NEW ZEALAND)
23 May 2023
Today we arrived early at Te Anau, checked into our accommodation and then off we went for a day to Milford Sound. You can read more about this day here.
Meanwhile here are some sketches from my travel sketchbook that I did to capture the day.
I didn’t have the best luck with this session. My concentration wasn’t quite there! Regular readers would know that life has been hectic for myself and my family lately. This is the last bit of art I have done for months and I wasn’t in the right headspace. Generally, I like to feel reasonably relaxed and able to go into ‘the zone’. I wasn’t in that kind of headspace when I did this. However, it’s ok – just a few silly errors that show my concentration wasn’t there.
- I used special ‘painters edge’ masking tape around the edges that usually peels off easily but with this sketchbook, particularly on the second page, it tore the paper when I peeled it off … which you will see! Ugh! I wanted to really love this sketchbook (it wasn’t cheap) but to be honest, though I love the square shape, I would not buy it again. The surface of the paper is very fragile and too smooth for my liking.
- I made an error or two with the text that I wrote and had to paint over and write it again.
- The vegemite sketch should be for breakfast the next day on 24 May, before we headed off to Doubtful Sound.
- I also forgot to erase the pencil lines before photographing!
This is real folks! After listing all the mistakes I made, I have to say though that I’m relatively happy with the sketches themselves!
This will probably be the last Art Chat for a while. At least it will be until I have found time to hold a paint brush in my hands again and create something, and that won’t be until at least March. I’m determined to get the NZ Travel Sketchbook finished! Till next time …
Ciao for now,